GelaSkins for iPhone 4 and MacBook Pro
Published 28 April 2011
It took a while, but eventually I gave in. I’ve always looked down on using sticker and skin products to customise my gadgets, instead opting to use covers and cases to both protect and differentiate them.
I recently upgraded to the iPhone 4, and as any natural reviewer would do, started looking for accessories to complement it. Whilst looking for case products, I discovered GelaSkins.com. I wasn’t new to the name, having frowned on the products with my sticker snobbery. But after looking at the huge catalogue of professionally designed artwork, I found some attractive options that I thought would be interesting to try out.
GelaSkin designs are printed on a 3M material with a special adhesive that helps to prevent air bubbles forming and can be removed and repositioned as many times as you like to get the right fit. Even with small devices like an iPhone 4 where there are precise cut outs to line up the stickers, I found it very simple to apply. When I got it wrong, I just peeled it off and repositioned. The stickers are only millimetres thick so they add very little to the dimensions of your device.
Because they’re cut to fit your exact device, the artwork naturally blends in, making the design look like it was part of the device when it came out the box.
For the iPhone 4, you get nearly complete coverage with a design that wraps around most of the exposed areas – including that pesky antennae which has caused quite a controversy. The sticker on the back comes as one piece and covers the entire surface with precision cutouts for the camera lens and flash. Two strips cover the stainless steel band, a round sticker for the home button and a further two horizontal strips to cover the top and bottom of the front fascia, again with the appropriate cut outs.
For the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the sticker came as one big sheet which peels off and applies straight onto the back of the screen. A handy tip is to make sure that the surface is clean of any dust and debris as that will help establish smooth contact with the aluminium and prevent bubbles from forming. Application of the skin was simple and quick and because I didn’t have to worry about getting it wrong the first time, I was quite happy to just dive in.
To complete the ‘skinning’ process, GelaSkins also allows you to download background wallpapers to allow the artwork to continue over the screen. This applies specifically to mobile devices like the iPhone 4 which have the front top and bottom sections covered, and where the design gets chopped off by the screen, the wallpaper can continue.
The designs look fantastic on both my iPhone 4 and MacBook Pro with plenty of compliments on how good they look and asking where I got them from – no problem in making a recommendation there. GelaSkins has an extensive catalogue of artwork and designs to fit a wide range of mobile devices and even goes as far as skinning your portable gaming systems like PSP and the Nintendo DS and your living room entertainment devices such as the Xbox 360.
I’ve had my GelaSkins on my iPhone 4 and MacBook Pro for the last three weeks and I can’t see myself removing them anytime soon. Because they integrate so well with the device its stuck to, it makes it look like you’ve done more than just applied a sticker – it becomes a part of the design. I love how it differentiates my gadgets and at the same time gives it the everyday protection it needs.